Nigerian communications
commission, NCC, has stated its
satisfaction and fulfilment towards
engaging Nigerian youths in fruitful
and engaging enterprise.
This was made known by Prof.
Umar Danbatta, the Executive
Vice Chairman of the Nigerian
Communications commission, at
the grand finale of the NCC tennis
club, where team Civil Defence
took home the N7m grande prize in
Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive
Vice Chairman of the Nigerian
Communications Commission,
who was represented by Director
of Research and Development,
Iyabode Sholanke, said that the
major objective in promoting the
competition is to contribute to the
overall development of the nation
through sports and above all create
opportunities for the players to earn
a decent living and chance to be
Danbatta said it was gratifying to
note that some young Nigerians who
were part of the project had gotten
scholarships and sponsorships.
According to him, “The impact,
which this tournament has made
in Nigeria tennis circuit gives us in
the NCC a lot of satisfaction and
fulfilment and we are proud to have
used this opportunity to engage a
number of Nigerian youth in very
fruitful and engaging enterprise
with a bright future outlook.
“We will continue to ask for
the support of other agencies and
organisations to join our effort, not
necessarily in tennis but in other
sports so that we can have positive
multiplier effects on the youth and
our society.”
He expressed the Commission’s
appreciation to all those who
participated in the tournament
or collaborate with NCC in its
determination to revive the passion
for tennis in the Nigerian Youth.
He urged all stakeholders to
also partner with the Commission
to address the challenges in
telecommunication sector, especially
to improve the quality of the
consumer experience because the
telecom consumer is the lifeblood of
the industry.
Also speaking at the event, the
President of the International
Tennis Academy, Godwin Kienka,
thanked the NCC for its continuous
support of Tennis championships
nationwide and challenged other
organizations to follow in the NCC’s
footsteps to restore the nation’s
sporting glory.
The final, which was played at
the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Team
Civil Defence, seen as veterans in the
NCC Tennis League, defeating
Team Muller 4-0 to emerge the
Winner. While Team Muller, the
runner-up won N5 Million, Team
Offikwu which came third got N3
Million prize; and Team Ndoma
Egba, that won the fourth place left
with N2 Million.
The final was the climax of the
sequence of matches constitutive of
the 2017 NCC Tennis Tournament. It
was tough, but exciting sessions.

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